Final Evaluation_PIMS 4883 Harmonization of information management for improved knowledge and monitoring of the global environment in Georgia (CCCD in Georgia)

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Evaluation Plan:
2016-2020, Georgia
Evaluation Type:
Final Project
Planned End Date:
12/2018
Completion Date:
12/2018
Status:
Completed
Management Response:
Yes
Evaluation Budget(US $):
12,000

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Title Final Evaluation_PIMS 4883 Harmonization of information management for improved knowledge and monitoring of the global environment in Georgia (CCCD in Georgia)
Atlas Project Number: 00082289
Evaluation Plan: 2016-2020, Georgia
Evaluation Type: Final Project
Status: Completed
Completion Date: 12/2018
Planned End Date: 12/2018
Management Response: Yes
Focus Area:
  • 1. Environment & Sustainable Development
  • 2. Others
Corporate Outcome and Output (UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017)
  • 1. Output 1.3. Solutions developed at national and sub-national levels for sustainable management of natural resources, ecosystem services, chemicals and waste
SDG Goal
  • Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
SDG Target
  • 13.1 Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries
  • 13.2 Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning
Evaluation Budget(US $): 12,000
Source of Funding: GEF
Evaluation Expenditure(US $): 18,300
Joint Programme: No
Joint Evaluation: No
Evaluation Team members:
Name Title Email Nationality
Kate Skhireli Local consultant kateskhireli@gmail.com GEORGIA, REPUBLIC OF
Jean-Joseph Bellamy Team Leader jj@bellamy.net
GEF Evaluation: Yes
GEF Project Title: PIMS 4883 Harmonization of information management for improved knowledge and monitoring of the global environment in Georgia (CCCD in Georgia)
Evaluation Type: Terminal Evaluation
Focal Area: Multifocal Areas
Project Type: MSP
GEF Phase: GEF-5
GEF Project ID: 5467
PIMS Number: 4883
Key Stakeholders: Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection; LEPL Environmental Information and Education Centre
Countries: GEORGIA, REPUBLIC OF
Lessons
Findings
Recommendations
1

In order to help with the exit of the project, it is recommended to formulate a roadmap as a guide for the way forward after the end of the project. This roadmap should particularly focus on the critical milestones to be met in the future and also the necessary steps for keeping the priority on the government agenda

2

Not all environmental areas have been covered by the project; due mostly to its limited resources and time. It is recommended as part of the roadmap recommended above to insert a brief review to document which environmental areas can now be monitored and the information to be uploaded in the system; AND which areas are not included such as some sub-areas to measure/monitor soil quality and water quality

3

Related to the project, land degradation is an area that is poorly monitored in Georgia including soil conservation and soil quality. Good progress was made under this project to strengthen land degradation monitoring. There are needs to expand what was started under this project to strengthen land degradation monitoring in Georgia, including the consolidation of achievements of this project such as capacities of data producers/collectors, capacities to analyze and visualize environmental information, etc. It is recommended to develop a project concept focusing on land degradation and soil conservation, including a component on monitoring this area in relation to UNCCCD reporting obligations.

4

Considering that Georgia is now equipped with instruments to better monitor the environment and share this information. It is recommended that all funded activities to prepare convention reports use the web-based environmental information platform. It includes the GEF funding for enabling activities and funding from other donors to prepare convention reports in the biodiversity and land degradation areas as well as the National Communications, the Biennial Update Reports (BURs), and the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) report to UNFCCC. The use of the system will reinforce/demonstrate the usefulness and consolidate/validate the system.

1. Recommendation:

In order to help with the exit of the project, it is recommended to formulate a roadmap as a guide for the way forward after the end of the project. This roadmap should particularly focus on the critical milestones to be met in the future and also the necessary steps for keeping the priority on the government agenda

Management Response: [Added: 2019/02/05]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Prepare roadmap for the expansion of the system intended for more enhanced monitoring of the environmental trends
[Added: 2019/02/05] [Last Updated: 2020/01/21]
PMU 2019/07 Completed the Roadmap was prepared and provided to EIEC. History
2. Recommendation:

Not all environmental areas have been covered by the project; due mostly to its limited resources and time. It is recommended as part of the roadmap recommended above to insert a brief review to document which environmental areas can now be monitored and the information to be uploaded in the system; AND which areas are not included such as some sub-areas to measure/monitor soil quality and water quality

Management Response: [Added: 2019/02/05]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Prepare introductory section in the roadmap depicting environmental areas covered by the system; this review will also include areas/sub-areas that are not covered by the system though need to be monitored/measured
[Added: 2019/02/05] [Last Updated: 2020/01/21]
PMU 2019/07 Completed The roadmap was prepared and provided to EIEC. History
3. Recommendation:

Related to the project, land degradation is an area that is poorly monitored in Georgia including soil conservation and soil quality. Good progress was made under this project to strengthen land degradation monitoring. There are needs to expand what was started under this project to strengthen land degradation monitoring in Georgia, including the consolidation of achievements of this project such as capacities of data producers/collectors, capacities to analyze and visualize environmental information, etc. It is recommended to develop a project concept focusing on land degradation and soil conservation, including a component on monitoring this area in relation to UNCCCD reporting obligations.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/02/05]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
Prepare project concept outline on land degradation and soil conservation based on the existing needs.
[Added: 2019/02/05] [Last Updated: 2020/01/21]
PMU UNDP CO 2019/07 Completed The outline was prepared and presented to all stakeholders. The final one was handed to the MEPA for consideration. History
4. Recommendation:

Considering that Georgia is now equipped with instruments to better monitor the environment and share this information. It is recommended that all funded activities to prepare convention reports use the web-based environmental information platform. It includes the GEF funding for enabling activities and funding from other donors to prepare convention reports in the biodiversity and land degradation areas as well as the National Communications, the Biennial Update Reports (BURs), and the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) report to UNFCCC. The use of the system will reinforce/demonstrate the usefulness and consolidate/validate the system.

Management Response: [Added: 2019/02/05]

Agree

Key Actions:

Key Action Responsible DueDate Status Comments Documents
a. Organize series of consultation/advocacy meetings with relevant Convection Focal Points and supervising Deputy Minister of MEPA; b. provide necessary facilitation / advocacy support to the MEPA to ensure usage of the system for preparing reports to conventions.
[Added: 2019/02/05] [Last Updated: 2020/01/21]
UNDP CO 2019/07 Completed The round meetings were organized with EIEC, National Focal Points of the UNFCCC, UNCBD and UNCCD, as well as the National Project Director/Deputy Minister of MEPA. History

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